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Why This Indicator Matters

Students who drop out of high school and don't return are likely to have more unemployment and lower wages in the long run. Health outcomes are also poorer for those who drop out of high school.


What the data shows
The new definition has been in place since 2009. During that time, statewide, the dropout rate has decreased. In 2009, there were 2,162 youth who dropped out. The lowest year for dropouts was 2015 with 1,217. The latest year 2016, was closer to the years of 2014 and 2013, with 1,520 dropouts statewide.In terms of rates, in 2009, it was 3.4% of all students of any year and in 2016 it was 2.7% and only 2.1% in 2015. For the latest year, the counties with the highest dropout rates were in Hancock County (3.7%) and in Androscoggin County (3.5%) and the lowest rates were in Piscataquis County (1.3%) and Waldo County (1.7%).
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Definitions: Definitions: A "dropout" is any student who has withdrawn for any reason except death, or been expelled from school before graduation or completion of a program of studies and who has not enrolled in another educational institution or program. The dropout rate is the percentage of students in ALL high school grades who stop attending school in a specific year. Thus the dropout rate includes freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. It is not class-specific.

Data Source: Maine Department of Education

Footnotes: The dropout rate includes students from all grades, and at a county level the average rate of dropping out is the average among the schools. This means in a county with one large school of 1,000 students with a dropout rate of 10% and 100 dropouts  and 2 small schools  of 100 students each with dropout rates of 2% or 2 dropouts at each small school, the county rate is calculated as 10% + 2% +2% divided by 3 =  4.6%. This is the unweighted average.

This series does not calculate the numerical average  which in the example above would be 104 students dropping out out of /(1000+100+100 =1200 students) which would = 8.6%.


Updated April 2018